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October 2014


Iowa Partnerships and Networking Event- Manufacturing

Date/Time: 10/28/2014, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: LaQuinta Inn, 3330 E Kimberly Rd, Davenport, IA
Notes: Learn from and network with peers in the Iowa manufacturing industry. Hear from experts in the field, and participate in an interactive roundtable networking to enhance your understanding of partnerships for Government contracting and to build your network. More details to come, contact Beth White at whiteb@iastate.edu for immediate questions.

Learn How to Dumpster Dive

Date/Time: 10/30/2014, 8:00am-4:30pm
Location: North Iowa Regional Commerce Center 9 North Federal, Mason City, Iowa
Notes: Why Attend? - This workshop is designed for manufacturers and others interested in learning the fundamentals of solid waste streams and their sources by focusing on the leading methods of waste reduction. - It will be a fun, fast-paced day with simulations and case studies for in-depth instruction in applying material and solid waste management concepts and techniques. - You’ll be able to take part in a live “Dumpster Dive” activity: sort through a simulated company’s trash, calculate the costs associated with managing this waste, and generate ideas for saving money and improving the environment. - It is an opportunity to network with representative from other businesses that are concerned about waste and sustainability. Who Should Attend? Any North Iowa business that wants to understand the importance of the entire product lifecycle and its impact on your bottom line. This workshop is especially appropriate for green team participants, engineers, and environmental managers. What will You Learn? - Fundamentals of solid waste streams, including how to reduce or eliminate them - Methods to evaluate materials used in products and processes - Concepts relating to life cycle analysis - How to apply the 4 R’s (refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle) Program Fee $75 per person Initial limit of one person per business; additional people can be put on a waiting list How to Register Email your name, company, address, and phone number to esac@masoncity.net Don’t hesitate! Registration is limited to the first 20 registrants. For planning purposes, please register by October 22

November 2014


Webinar: Agency Spotlight- Bureau of Prisons and Thomson Prison

Date/Time: 11/3/2014, 1:00pm-2:30pm
Location: Webinar
Notes: This webinar will provide you with some good information to prepare your business, understand what it will really means to do business with the Thomson prison, and some considerations for your business if you are thinking that this could be a potential customer. We will discuss: 1. Basic framework for Government contracting and why you would consider entering this market 2. Business considerations prior to entering the Government market to help you better determine if you would be "ready" to sell to the Government, specifically Thomson Prison 3. Specific information on how to register, find opportunities and market the Bureau of Prisons

Internet Marketing Strategy Boot Camp

Date/Time: 11/3/2014 - 11/5/2014, 9:30-4:00pm
Location: Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Notes: Join us and discover how to take charge of your website and make it a truly effective marketing tool!

Hagie Plant Tour

Date/Time: 11/3/2014, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Clalrion, Iowa
Notes: Information coming soon!

Outcome-Driven Selling

Date/Time: 11/4/2014 - 11/5/2014, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: Tero International; Des Moines, Iowa
Notes: A two-day workshop on effective selling skills

Can Your Business Survive Without an Exit Strategy?

Date/Time: 11/5/2014, 12:30pm-5:00pm
Location: Lion Bridge Brewing Company, 59 16th Ave SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
Notes: What’s your plan? What’s your next chapter look like? No matter where you are at with your business, you should be thinking about your legacy, your associates, and your community. This workshop will show you the benefits of having a plan to ensure your business legacy lives on.

Video Marketing Boot Camp

Date/Time: 11/10/2014 - 11/11/2014, 9:00AM-4:00PM
Location: Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Notes: Join us and discover how to improve your business with online video marketing!

Basic Sausage Short Course

Date/Time: 11/11/2014 - 11/13/2014, 8:00am-12:00pm
Location: Ames, Iowa
Notes: With a focus on the technology of sausage processing, short course topics range from lectures on basic meat science to demonstrations of processing techniques. Speakers, nationally and internationally recognized authorities in their fields, will provide information about the latest technology available.

ABI Market Wise

Date/Time: 11/12/2014, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Location: Den Hartog Industries | 4010 Hospers Drive S | Hospers, IA 51238
Notes: Contact Leisa Fox (515-235-0575; lfox@iowaabi.org for details. A group of marketing leaders gathering to: - Share Best Practices - Network - Study Current Trends / Issues in the Marketing Industry Cost: $35/person - Per Meeting (Includes Lunch)

Jack Trout Lecture and Workshop

Date/Time: 11/13/2014, 8:00am-1:00pm
Location: Airport Holiday Inn Convention Complex, 6111 Fleur Drive, Des Moines
Notes: Join us for a morning with best-selling Author Jack Trout, to learn first-hand how you can and cannot differentiate yourself in our age of killer competition. Jack Trout demonstrates that every product and service can be differentiated if you are willing to focus and sacrifice. During the workshop, you and your team will identify your unique selling proposition and what makes you different. After a session with Jack Trout you will be ready to out market your competition.

Webinar: Agency Spotlight- Bureau of Prisons and Thomson Prison

Date/Time: 11/17/2014, 1:00pm-2:30pm
Location: Webinar
Notes: This webinar will provide you with some good information to prepare your business, understand what it will really means to do business with the Thomson prison, and some considerations for your business if you are thinking that this could be a potential customer. We will discuss: 1. Basic framework for Government contracting and why you would consider entering this market 2. Business considerations prior to entering the Government market to help you better determine if you would be "ready" to sell to the Government, specifically Thomson Prison 3. Specific information on how to register, find opportunities and market the Bureau of Prisons

Developing a Capabilities Statement Workshop

Date/Time: 11/19/2014, 10:00am-11:30am
Location: 2829 Westown Parkway, Suite 220, West Des Moines, IA 50266
Notes: Want to learn how to better market your goods or services? Capability statements make it easy for your customers to understand what your company can do for them. They identify all the key aspects of your company so your potential customers can identify in a matter of seconds if your company would be a good fit to partner with or add to their supply base. Also, government customers prefer to see a capabilities statement over a bulky catalog or brochure that takes time to open. Register now to develop your company's unique value proposition and prepare targeted marketing material to use to connect to potential customers and partners. Registration: Contact Jodi Essex at 515/509-0769 or email at jodir@iastate.edu Space is limited!

BizTalk Mastermind Group: Grab Bag (Member Choice)

Date/Time: 11/20/2014, 7:00am-12:00pm
Location: Online Discussion Group-Webinar
Notes: Confused by the mumbo jumbo surounding Government contracting? Looking for general B2B and B2G suggestions/recommendations/advice from peers or other business consultants? If you answered yes to any of these questions, join our virtual coffee talk group. We will be meeting once a month online/via phone to discuss topics that affect all businesses pursuing a commercial and/or Government market. Contact Beth White at whiteb@iastate.edu for a list of all session topics.

Innovation for Manufacturers: The Elements of Success

Date/Time: 11/25/2014, 10:00am-3:00pm
Location: Quad Cities Chamber - 331 W. 3rd St., Davenport, IA
Notes: This workshop will introduce area manufacturers to the tools that are available for new product development and innovative manufacturing processes so that they can better create differentiated product lines and processes that give them a stronger competitive advantage.

December 2014


Impact - How To Speak Your Way to Success

Date/Time: 12/9/2014 - 12/10/2014, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: Tero International; Des Moines, Iowa
Notes: A two-day workshop on speaking confidently and persuasively.

Connecting Statewide Leaders

Date/Time: 12/11/2014, 3:30pm-6:00pm
Location: Ames, Iowa
Notes:

January 2015


Cured Meat Short Course

Date/Time: 1/13/2015 - 1/15/2015, 8:00am-12:00pm
Location: Ames, Iowa
Notes: With a focus on the technology of cured meat processing, short course topics range from lectures on basic meat science to demonstrations of processing techniques. Speakers, nationally and internationally recognized authorities in their fields, will provide information bout the latest technology available.

BizTalk Mastermind Group: New year, time to dust off that marketing plan.

Date/Time: 1/15/2015, 7:00am-8:00am
Location: Online Discussion Group- Webinar
Notes: Confused by the mumbo jumbo surounding Government contracting? Looking for general B2B and B2G suggestions/recommendations/advice from peers or other business consultants? If you answered yes to any of these questions, join our virtual coffee talk group. We will be meeting once a month online/via phone to discuss topics that affect all businesses pursuing a commercial and/or Government market. Contact Beth White at whiteb@iastate.edu for a list of all session topics.

February 2015


BizTalk Mastermind Group: Business Resourse Speakers TBD

Date/Time: 2/19/2015, 7:00am-8:00am
Location: Online Discussion Group- Webinar
Notes: Confused by the mumbo jumbo surounding Government contracting? Looking for general B2B and B2G suggestions/recommendations/advice from peers or other business consultants? If you answered yes to any of these questions, join our virtual coffee talk group. We will be meeting once a month online/via phone to discuss topics that affect all businesses pursuing a commercial and/or Government market. Contact Beth White at whiteb@iastate.edu for a list of all session topics.